Georgiou Kostis (1956)

He was born in 1956 in Thessaloniki. Initially he studied scenography in Florence and then painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts (1982-1986), under D. Mytaras and D. Kokkinidis, and sculpture with Th. Panourgias. He continued his studies at the Royal College of Fine Arts in London (1985-1986), under Peter de Francia.
His first solo exhibitions were held in Thessaloniki (1974, 1977, 1978, 1979) before he even begins his studies and has since then developed a very active exhibition profile, which includes, apart from his frequent presence in Greece, solo and group exhibitions in art centers all over the world, especially during the last twenty years.
His painting and sculptural work evolve in parallel, alternate or coexist in the same space. The bright colours, the deformed figures of people or animals and the large proportions are distinctive features of both his sculptural and painting work. His paintings are rather dominated by a dramatic-expressionist style and explosive colours. In his sculptures and installations the colour is more uniform and inventive distortions render his intervention in space more effective.
He worked as a set designer for the theater and the Greek state television (1982-1988) and taught scenography at the L. Stavrakos School of Cinema (1988-1990). From 1999 to 2001 he wrote articles for newspapers. He has also been engaged in music composition.
He has been honored with special awards in Belgium (Young European Artists, 1990 and 1992) and at the Osaka Triennale (1993), and won the first prize in the 20th International Competition Premio di Sulmona in Italy (1992).
In 2011 he represented Greece in the major exhibition China-Eu Union and the Emperor Qin Warriors, organized in the context of the ‘Euro-Chinese cultural dialogue’ in Brussels and China. In 2012, his retrospective exhibition was held in Shanghai, with monumental paintings and sculptures of the last 20 years.